Some performances are hard to watch and hard to look away – and Ukrainian contortionist Oleksandr Yenivatov has seemingly mastered that hard line to toe.
The contortionist took the stage at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium for the first night of the season’s “America’s Got Talent” shows and… well, you should see for yourself:
As Yenivatov, aided by his wife, twisted and turned his body into seemingly impossible positions, the audience and judges could be heard gasping audibly.
After the performance, which ended with a kiss between the two performers, the audience gave them a standing ovation.
The judges seemed impressed, if slightly troubled.
“It’s horrible, it’s weird, it’s disturbing and it’s fascinating all at the same time,” said judge Sofía Vergara. “I can’t believe a human body can do this kind of thing.”
“You guys really pushed yourself and did things that we’ve never seen before,” judge Simon Cowell said, adding that he didn’t like their initial audition but that “tonight I love you ”.
Judge Heidi Klum said she “can’t believe half the things I see when I’m sitting here”.
“You’re like a human nutcracker,” she joked.
Live performances of “America’s Got Talent” returned on August 9 and will air Tuesdays and Wednesdays for the next five weeks. Each Tuesday night will feature 11 acts, and then viewers can vote to advance two acts to the next round. Wednesday’s broadcasts will reveal which two acts will advance to the finals.
During the show’s pre-recorded auditions, which aired earlier this year, Cowell initially gave the Ukrainian couple an ‘X’ – meaning he was voting not to let them go – but slammed it. resumed when he learned that they were from Ukraine.
“When Simon took back his X to honor the people of Ukraine, we felt so much compassion,” Yenivatov said in a pre-recorded video Tuesday night. “So tonight I’m performing for peace and I’m performing for the people of Ukraine.”
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